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The Arc Rockland Awarded $43,628 in Grants from NYSARC Trust Services

To support guardianship and recreational opportunities for people with disabilities in Rockland County

Valley Cottage, NY – The Arc Rockland, a not-for-profit organization supporting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in Rockland County, has been awarded $43,628 in 2022 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support The Arc Rockland’s guardianship and recreation programs.

NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts (SNT) and pooled trusts that can make dramatic improvements to the lives of people with disabilities by enabling individuals to maintain financial eligibility for Medicaid and other means-tested government benefit programs. For 2022, NYSARC Trust Services is proud to fulfill its commitment to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by awarding a total of $3,189,968 to The Arc New York Chapters statewide.

This year, The Arc Rockland received $23,500 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. Supported by Chapter staff and community volunteers, The Arc Rockland’s NYSARC, Inc., Guardianship Committee currently provides guardianship supports and services to three people and is ready to assist four more as a Standby or Alternate Standby guardian.

NYSARC Trust Services also awarded The Arc Rockland $20,128 to support new recreational opportunities and enrich the lives of the more than 184 individuals it serves residentially. The grant will allow the Chapter to continue providing Recreational activities via virtual and in-person group activities. The Senior Coordinator of Adult Recreation offers a wide range of enriching activities to individuals, including: Bingo, drama, fitness classes (such as Zumba and yoga), the Touching Bases baseball league, Special Olympics, Basketball Skills and Drills, attending NY Boulders baseball games, Bowling, Karaoke at Dave & Buster’s and Dances.

The Arc Rockland was started in 1954 by a group of parents determined to raise their young children at home, rather than institutionalize them, and established a one-room schoolhouse to educate them. They created a Chapter Board that governs the operations of the organization, and eventually a Foundation Board to generate funds for The Arc Rockland. More than 600 people receive services through the organization, including, preschool, recreation, housing, educational and community integration supports, employment training and job placement, and Arc HealthResources of Rockland, a primary medical care facility for people with disabilities. To learn more about the programs and services at The Arc Rockland, please call 845.267.2500.

About NYSARC Trust Services

NYSARC Trust Services has administered supplemental needs trusts since 1972, helping thousands of people with disabilities protect their eligibility for government benefits and improve their quality of life. Our trust programs give people with disabilities the opportunity to maintain comfort and independence in the community while providing peace of mind to their family and loved ones. NYSARC Trust Services provides administration of first- and third-party pooled supplemental needs trusts to help families plan for the future of a loved one with a disability, preserve income and assets for Medicaid planning purposes and long-term care needs, and protect unexpected windfalls of money. For more information, please call (518) 439-8323 or visit us online www.nysarctrustservices.org.

The Arc Rockland has partnered with the Empire State Purchasing Group. Vendors may submit bids electronically. Please visit https://www.bidnetdirect.com/new-york/arc-of-rockland for RFP and bidding opportunities.

Thank You to The Arc Rockland’s 2021 Corporate Sponsors:

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